Sandwich Harbour, part of the Namib Naukluft Park, it’s a place many have heard of but very few have ever visited. The lagoon, salt pans and the bird sanctuary which form the Walvis Bay Wetlands are rightly heralded as the single most important coastal wetlands of Southern Africa. It’s one of five Ramsar sites in Namibia. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breathtaking sceneries and unique landscapes, just waiting to be discovered!
Half Day Sandwich Harbour 4×4 Excursion
Our morning half-day Sandwich Harbour 4×4 Excursion starts every day at 8h00, returning at 12h00, while our afternoon half-day Sandwich Harbour 4×4 Excursion leaves from our offices at the Waterfront in Walvis Bay at 12h15 and returns at 16h15.
On the way to the Sandwich Harbour Area, we stop at the Lagoon to enjoy the flamingoes, before we head towards the Kuiseb River Delta via the Walvis Bay Saltpans. Depending on the tides and the swell, we will try to reach the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon along the beach. Alternatively, we will take an exciting dune ride to our lookout dune to get an aerial view of the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. We have lots of time to stop along the way for photography.
We stop along the way to enjoy our world famous oysters, sparkling wine, drinks and cooldrinks. Depending on the weather condition, we do this on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the beach, or amongst the dunes.
The route homewards will take us past the area’s typical fauna and flora. Animals which have developed ways to adapt to the desert include the black-backed jackal, fog-basking beetle, dancing spider (‘white lady of the Namib’), golden mole, shovel-snouted lizard, palmato gecko, springbok, oryx, brown hyaena and ostrich.
Full Day Sandwich Harbour 4×4 Excursion
Sandwich Harbour, part of the Namib Naukluft Park, is a place many have heard of but very few have ever visited. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breathtaking sceneries and unique landscapes, just waiting to be discovered!
Our tour starts every morning at 10h00 at the Sandwich Harbour 4×4 office at the Waterfront in Walvis Bay. After a short break at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to see masses of flamingoes, the drive takes us to Pelican Point. From where we proceed to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may still be seen. Beautiful dunes have to be crossed to get to Sandwich Harbour. If weather and tides allow, we will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands. Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, potable water seeping from the underground aquifer sustains the freshwater vegetation at the base of the dunes. If our vehicles cannot drive all along the beach to get to Sandwich Harbour because of the tides, you will get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of our many beautiful lookout spots and will have the time to walk and explore. We have lots of time to stop along the way for photography.
When it becomes time to enjoy something to eat, your guide simply finds a suitable place to stop and serve a light lunch including a selection of snacks, salad, bread, and fresh fruit with sparkling wine, oysters and drinks. We usually do this on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or on the beach. A folding table, chairs and a tablecloth come out, and we are ready to serve!
The route homewards will take us past the area’s typical fauna and flora.
Marine Dune Day
The Marine Dune Day gives you the ultimate combination of a leisure cruise on the Atlantic Ocean, a delicious lunch on the beach or in the dunes, and a 4×4 ride in the breathtaking Sandwich Harbour Area of the Namib Naukluft Park.
This tour is suitable for persons who wish to experience our coastal excursions but do not want to do any dune 4×4 driving. This excursion commences every morning at 08h15 at the Sandwich Harbour 4×4 office at the Waterfront in Walvis Bay.
Alternatively, this tour is also offered in the afternoons, departing at 12h15 and may be combined with a morning dolphin and seal cruise offered by our sister company, Catamaran Charters.
Walvis Bay Wetlands Birding
The lagoon, salt pans and the bird sanctuary which form the Walvis Bay Wetlands are rightly heralded as the single most important coastal wetlands of Southern Africa and are one of five Ramsar sites in Namibia. Over 150 000 migrant birds spend the summer months in Walvis Bay and non-breeding palearctic and intra-African species dominate.
Our morning Birding Excursion starts every day at 08h00 and returns at 12h00.
Our afternoon Birding Excursion leaves at 12h00 and returns at 16h00.